Lightlab Quartet is a musical instrument that captures audio from visitors, which are reflected in a quartet performance of light and sound.
Lightfall was developed with Philips Lighting Design for Glow Next 2015. The work is entirely reactive and generative, which means that each observer experiences a unique and personalised composition, created “real time” based on their input. This adds unpredictability and excitement to the work, allowing visitors to engage with creative content in new ways, blurring the line between composer and spectator.
The light of Lightlab Quartet was inspired by the phenomena of internal reflection in the fiber-optic cables that connect the world’s communication systems. By conducting many experiments with projectors and lasers, creators Paul Thursfield and Simon Rycroft succeeded in using internal reflection in water to express the rhythm and dynamic of sound through strings of light.
We invited cellist Ketevan Roinishvili to engage with the work through an exploratory, improvised performance, which was captured in a short film by Patrick Meis.
Photographs by Frank van Beek.
2015 | Glow NEXT, Eindhoven

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